Live from the Underground [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Recalling a time when UGK and Scarface were the dominating Southern sound, Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. -- which stands for King Remembered In Time -- stone-cold rapped his way up through the mixtape underground, keeping quality control at top level by riding his own beats and delivering those right-clickable, free releases that came with the solid structure of something issued by Def Jam. Now that he's actually on the label, Live from the Underground lives it up with as much style and flash as a Hype Williams video, and while his beats are impeccable (and fatter than before with that big money mastering) and the flow remains precise and commanding, there's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Recalling a time when UGK and Scarface were the dominating Southern sound, Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. -- which stands for King Remembered In Time -- stone-cold rapped his way up through the mixtape underground, keeping quality control at top level by riding his own beats and delivering those right-clickable, free releases that came with the solid structure of something issued by Def Jam. Now that he's actually on the label, Live from the Underground lives it up with as much style and flash as a Hype Williams video, and while his beats are impeccable (and fatter than before with that big money mastering) and the flow remains precise and commanding, there's that rocky, whirlwind feeling overall that's more akin to an ambitious Twista or Birdman album, a sharp right turn after K.R.I.T.'s previous love of cohesiveness. That might weigh heavy on those looking for a chart-topping revival of the vintage South right here and right now, but K.R.I.T.'s already revived that style for those who actively sought it out, so his exploration of major-label life comes with the expected power and soul ("I Got This" is a busy, hook-filled monster, "My Sub" is the kind of stern trunk-rumbler that defines the Trill attitude) plus some surprising pop experiments that don't stun, but keep their footing ("If I Fall" with Melanie Fiona gets into dreamy B.o.B. territory, while "Praying Man" enlists B.B. King for a pleasant blend of Mississippi musics). As the spirit of the Beatles and Billy Preston provides the cool groove of "Don't Let Me Down" and the great wisdom of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" -- never has a safe sex message been delivered with such respect for a young audience's preferred language -- expands the lyricist's already wide horizon, Live from the Underground winds up both an easy introduction to the man's talents and a crowd-pleasing effort with no stale sell-out aftertaste. He could have gone deeper, but this is certainly deep enough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602527810942
  • Catalog Number: 001601202
  • Sales rank: 19,399

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lfu300ma (Intro) (2:13)
  2. 2 Live From the Underground (3:40)
  3. 3 Cool 2 Be Southern (3:22)
  4. 4 I Got This (3:22)
  5. 5 Money On the Floor - 2 Chainz (4:07)
  6. 6 What U Mean (3:56)
  7. 7 My Sub, Pt. 2: the Jackin' (4:11)
  8. 8 Don't Let Me Down (2:57)
  9. 9 Porchlight (3:48)
  10. 10 Pull Up - Big Sant (4:01)
  11. 11 Yeah Dats Me (3:25)
  12. 12 Hydroplaning (4:01)
  13. 13 If I Fall - Melanie Fiona (2:56)
  14. 14 Rich Dad, Poor Dad (3:06)
  15. 15 Praying Man (4:21)
  16. 16 Live From the Underground (Reprise) - Ms. Linnie (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big K.R.I.T. Primary Artist
Martin Kearns Keyboards
B.B. King Guitar
Lamar Williams Background Vocals
Tony Hightower Background Vocals
Tom Wolf Harmonica
Mike Hartnett Bass, Guitar
Billy Hume Guitar
DJ Wally Sparks scratching, Vocals
Keyon Harrold Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tina Guo Cello
Kathy Rodriguez-Harrold Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Va$htie Vocals
Tasha Evans Background Vocals
Tacara Roberts Vocals
Pat Postlewait Bass
Marjoriea Jacobs Background Vocals
Crystal Holy Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Mike Brown Vocal Engineer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Billy Hume Engineer
Sha Money XL Executive Producer
Steve-O Marketing
Keyon Harrold Horn Arrangements
Big K.R.I.T. Producer, Engineer
Eric Bailey Art Direction, Illustrations
Jason Kingsland Engineer
Antoinette Trotman Music Business Affairs
Christopher Bridges Composer
M. Goodwin Composer
D. Copeland Composer
W. Hutch Composer
B. Freeman Composer
Kathy Rodriguez-Harrold Horn Arrangements
Steven Defino Design Producer
Vol S. Davis III Music Business Affairs
Ian Allen Music Business Affairs
Nicole Wyskoarko Music Business Affairs
Jonny Shipes Executive Producer
Andre Drizza Engineer
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